Things to do this reading week 

T-minus one week until the break we all so desperately need. For some reason, this winter semester is hitting harder than I thought and the countdown until reading week couldn’t be going any slower. 

With our anticipation building up towards reading week, we thought we would put together a list of things for you to look forward to and plan to do. 


Add some light to your life


Wondering where those neon lights are that everyone has been posting on their Instagram story? The Toronto Light Festival has been ongoing since January and is here until March.

If you’ve been too preoccupied with work to check it out, now’s your chance to head down to Toronto’s Distillery District. Bring your loved ones or friends, bundle up and enjoy the illuminated exhibits. 

Ontario Place also opened its Winter Light Exhibition this week if you want double the brightness in your life.  


Fondue for two…or more


If you’re too bitter for the cold weather to go outside to fondue spots like Cacao 70, you can do it yourself at home.

Grab some fruit, whether you decide to cut it up or buy those platters from Metro and melt some chocolate over the stove. This is a great thing to do for a night-in with friends or significant others. It’s chill but a little boujee at the same time. 


Karaoke night


Release your inhibitions and channel your best singing-in-the-shower performance at a karaoke bar over reading week. 

After a long couple of weeks of following a school and work routine, why not gather some of your friends for a night of singing and dancing? There are plenty of karaoke venues around the city such as Bar + and Echo

But, if you want to save money, you can always do it yourself by typing in those old karaoke instrumental versions on YouTube. 


Treat yourself to a real spa day 


We may not be able to afford to splurge on a trip but if you want a relaxing, vacation getaway, you can find deals to treat yourself to some TLC. 

Groupon will be your best friend. Search for deals across the city. You can easily find a more affordable offer to get a facial or massage. This is also a good idea for a day-out with friends. 


Skate around


If you haven’t had the chance to go skating yet—now’s your chance! Ice rinks are still open all around the city. 

We’re still stuck in winter, so why not take advantage of the ice while it’s here. You can check out RU Student Life’s master skate rink list here


Starting on Feb. 14., 100 restaurants across the city will be taking part in an Asian food festival called Asialicious

Indulge in some tasty, quality food to make up for those all the times you forgot to eat while working too hard. 


Try a class you’ve always wanted to do


Though you may be wanting to catch up on readings or study during the week, try and find a day to do something that will bring some joy into your life. 

Have you ever wanted to try a pottery class? A sushi making class? This is your chance to finally get out there and do it instead of repeatedly telling people it’s on your bucket list. 

Again, Groupon may be a good hub if you’re searching for a discount but some organizers also offer a free first class or deal if you are a newcomer.